Lavender Buttermilk Scones

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Scones are simple to make and are just what the doctor ordered for a summer picnic or afternoon tea in the garden. These are lavender flavoured, which makes them that little bit more elegant; all you have to do is infuse the sugar with some sprigs a day or two before baking and you're good to go. Serve warm on one of our cake stands, and add a generous dollop of clotted cream, your favourite preserve, or just some butter if you'd prefer. Recipe courtesy of Bonne Maman
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Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220˚C.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the lavender sugar and salt and make a well in the centre of the flour mixture.
  4. Pour in the buttermilk and mix to combine, making a soft dough.
  5. Briefly knead the dough on a floured board then lightly roll out to about 2cm thick.
  6. Cut scones with a 6cm pastry cutter and place on a greased baking tray.
  7. Brush the top of each scone with a little extra buttermilk and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned on the top.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm with your favourite conserve.

Banana and Date Loaf

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Quite addictive, this cake will disappear from the plate in minutes. The optional mascarpone topping gives a nice sweet edge. Serve it as part of afternoon tea on one of our beautiful cake stands!
Course Sweet Things
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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For the Loaf
For the Topping
Course Sweet Things
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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For the Loaf
For the Topping
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the lard and margarine and rub in until evenly distributed, being careful to use only the fingertips.
  3. Stir in the sugar and chopped dates.
  4. Peel and mash the bananas and then add them to the mixture together with the milk. The mixture will seem fairly stiff.
  5. Spoon into a 900 g (2 lb) loaf tin and smooth over the top, making a slight indent in the middle to encourage the cake to rise evenly.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at Gas Mark 5, 190°C, 375°F for approximately 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to Gas Mark 3, 170°C, 325°F and bake for a further 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Turn out and leave to cool completely.
  7. Mix the mascarpone cheese and icing sugar together and spread over the top of the cooled loaf.

Mini Scones

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Who doesn't enjoy a fresh, home-made scone? Easy and cheap to make, they are also simply scrumptious. They may not be the most delicate of foods, but this recipe suggests using smaller cutters to create mini scones, which can then of course be elegantly served on one of our lovely glass cake stands with afternoon tea. We prefer them fresh from the oven, with a dollop of clotted cream and a good quality (or home-made) raspberry jam. I can taste them already...
Course Sweet Things
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Course Sweet Things
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter using the tips of your fingers only, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until it creates a soft dough.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface, and knead the dough.
  6. Roll out or use your hands to pat down the mixture, and cut using small pastry cutters or the top of an espresso cup.
  7. Grease and lightly flour baking parchment, and place on the little cut outs of dough.
  8. Lightly brush with milk and bake for 10 minutes or until a golden brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack or eat whilst still warm with clotted cream and a preserve of your choice.

Moroccan Mint Cooler

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There is nothing more invigorating on a humid afternoon than this refreshing Morocco-inspired Mint Tea Cooler. Combining tart lemons, sweet brown sugar, fresh aromatic mint and thirst-quenching tea, this delicious mix tantalises the taste buds, while hinting at the exotica of Morocco. Perfect as a palette cleanser or after meal treat, serve your cooler from an authentic Moroccan tea set, for an easy yet impressive delivery.
Instructions
  1. Fill a saucepan with water
  2. Add two tablespoons of brown sugar and bring to the boil.
  3. Turn off the heat and add your tea bag. Allow the tea to steep for three minutes before removing the tea bag.
  4. Add lightly crushed mint leaves
  5. Add the juice of two lemons
  6. Chill mixture
  7. Run a lemon slice around edge of your Moroccan tea glasses, then dip the rims in the remaining brown sugar
  8. Fill your Moroccan tea glasses half full with crushed ice.
  9. Pour your mint tea cooler over the ice
  10. Garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of mint Serve any remaining mint tea cooler from a traditional Moroccan tea-pot.

Gatsby Cocktail: Basil Gin Fizz

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The 1920s was the era of prohibition. It was illegal to drink alcohol, yet ironically more was drunk than ever before. Americans sneakily brewed and sold their own beverages on the black market, and it became in vogue to drink exotic and exciting cocktails. Gin, in particular was hugely popular during bootlegging times, and many people actually made it at home in their bath tubs!So, in celebration of The Great Gatsby film release, here is Alison at Home’s Head of Product Development and former mixologist Erika Foster’s modern twist on a 1920s favourite- a Basil Gin Fizz. All you need now is a dazzling dress to wear whilst sipping it...
Instructions
  1. In the bottom of a chilled, tall glass muddle the basil with the elderflower and lemon juice.
  2. Fill the glass to the top with ice and then add the gin.
  3. Stir with a stir stick to fully incorporate the elderflower into the gin.
  4. Top with the club soda.
  5. Serve with a stir stick and garnish as desired.

Father’s Day Gourmet Beef Burgers

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What better to impress your dad with this Father’s Day than a gourmet burger? Perfect for popping on the BBQ or under the grill, these are really easy to make and taste delicious with sweet potato wedges or skin-on chips.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat or light your BBQ.
  2. Finely chop the onion, garlic cloves, parsley and gherkin.
  3. Place all of these ingredients plus the mince, mustard, yolk, herbs and chilli flakes into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Shape the mixture into 8 burgers and brush with oil.
  6. Cook on the BBQ or in a grill.
  7. Serve on a soft sesame seed bun with your choice of toppings. A slice of beef tomato, lettuce, caramelised onion and a chunk of fresh avocado would work wonderfully, as well as a dollop of lemon mayonnaise.
  8. Hold together with a wooden skewer for a professional look

Salmon, Dill and Creme Fraiche Tartlets

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It is June, so it seems only right that Alison at Home should bring you a recipe which is perfect for picnicking. These precious little tartlets are so simple to make and have a beautifully delicate flavour. So lay out your picnic blanket, pour the prosecco and enjoy.
Course Big Bites
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For the Pastry
For the Filling
Course Big Bites
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For the Pastry
For the Filling
Instructions
For the Pastry
  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and mix with a pinch of salt.
  2. Add the butter in cubes, and rub together until you have fine crumbs.
  3. Add the milk and bind.
  4. Lightly flour a surface, and knead the mixture until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Roll the dough out thinly and place over a tin with room for 8 tarts, approx 4’ across.
  6. Prick the pastry and leave to chill in the fridge for half an hour.
  7. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  8. Bake the pastry cases blind with grease proof for 10 minutes, and then without the paper for 6 minutes, or until golden brown.
For the Filling
  1. Season the salmon.
  2. Cook in olive oil over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  3. Once cooked, leave to one side and beat the creme fraiche and eggs in a bowl until smooth.
  4. Mix in the dill, salt and spring onions.
  5. Sprinkle the salmon into the pastry cases.
  6. Pour over the egg mixture and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri

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Sometimes you just fancy a special drink, but whether you are an expectant mother or simply prefer to abstain from alcohol the options can be limited. So here is a fresh, summery and beautifully coloured virgin Strawberry Daiquiri recipe which will do the job just nicely. Better yet, it can be blitzed and ready to pour in a matter of moments. Serve in a jam jar for an on-trend and rustic look.
Course Sweet Things
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Course Sweet Things
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  1. Add the lime juice, sugar and strawberries to the crushed ice
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour into a jam jar or your favourite glass
  4. Garnish with an extra strawberry or any fruit of your choice.

Gourmet Breakfast in Bed: Waffles

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We wouldn't necessarily encourage eating waffles for breakfast everyday, but we all deserve a lazy breakfast in bed as an occasional treat. At Alison at Home, we can't think of anything more luxurious to nibble whilst cosied up in bed than warm waffles washed down with fresh coffee.The effort of emerging from your cocoon may seem great, but once you have a bite of these deliciously fluffy yet crisp goodies you will realise it was so worth it. Don't feel guilty...enjoy!
Course Big Bites
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Course Big Bites
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  1. Preheat your waffle iron
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Using a separate bowl beat the eggs then stir in the melted butter, butter and vanilla.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and beat until blended.
  5. Using a ladle, pour the batter into the waffle iron.
  6. Cook until golden and then serve immediately with your favourite preserve or maple syrup and a fresh coffee.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Here at Alison at Home, we’re partial to a sneaky square or two of chocolate every now and again, with 70 per cent dark chocolate being a particular favourite. Not only is this snack a real treat for the taste buds, but it’s also surprisingly good for you. Dark chocolate is considered to be the healthiest of all chocolate, containing flavonoids and phytochemicals which help to lower blood pressure. It’s also said that a cup of hot chocolate helps to fight dementia and depression, since chocolate causes a euphoric feeling thanks to the mood-improving chemical, phenylethylamine 123 (PEA). To make delivishly delicious dark chocolate covered strawberries for your special someone this Valentine’s Day, choose a block of your favourite dark chocolate and follow these simple steps.
Instructions
  1. Break up the chocolate into small squares and place in a glass bowl.
  2. Boil some water in a saucepan and place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan.
  3. Simmer the water gently, taking care that the heat is not too high so it burns the chocolate.
  4. Stir the chocolate from time to time, maintaining an even consistency.
  5. Once all the chocolate has melted evenly, turn off the heat and take care when placing the hot glass bowl down.
  6. Take a strawberry on a prong and coax in the chocolate, leaving the leaf attached and uncoated at the top.
  7. Repeat this with all of your strawberries.
  8. Leave them to cool and harden.

Moussaka

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Inspired by Alison's recent trip to Greece, we've brought you a traditional Greek recipe-Moussaka. This dish is perfect for family gatherings or entertaining friends as it can be made in one big bowl and served in the middle of the table. Absolutely delicious.
Course Big Bites
Cuisine Greek
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For the Lamb Sauce
For the White Sauce
Course Big Bites
Cuisine Greek
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For the Lamb Sauce
For the White Sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat some oil in a large frying pan, and cook the onions and garlic until browned.
  2. Combine with the mince and heat for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the red wine, canned tomatoes, tomoato puree, oregano and cinnamon.
  4. Gently simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking.
  5. Whilst this simmers, slice the aubergines and brush with oil.
  6. In a frying pan, fry the aubergine until browned on both sides.
  7. Lay half of the aubergine slices over the base of a shallow ovenproof dish. Season well.
  8. Once the lamb sauce is ready, remove the cinnamon stick and spoon half over the aubergines.
  9. Add the remaining aubergines and add the other half of the lamb sauce.
  10. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  11. For the white sauce, melt the butter in a pan then stir in the flour and cook for one minute.
  12. On a low heat, gradually beat in the milk until the mixture starts to thicken-this should take about ten minutes.
  13. Add the cheese and nutmeg and season.
  14. Allow to cool slightly, and then beat in the eggs.
  15. Pour the white sauce over the lamb and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until a delicious golden brown.

Shortbread Lollipops

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In honour of Edinburgh Fringe Festival Alison at Home brings you a classic Scottish recipe with a modern twist- shortbread lollipops. These melt in the mouth biscuits are enormously easy to make, taste delightfully buttery and look fantastic. The addition of a dollop of filling and a lollipop stick also gives them a contemporary twist that kids and adults alike will love. So get making and enjoy!
Course Sweet Things
Cook Time 20-25 Minutes
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Course Sweet Things
Cook Time 20-25 Minutes
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 170C.
  2. Cream together the sugar and butter until pale and creamy.
  3. Sift in the flour and cornflour.
  4. Combine the mixture thoroughly being careful not to overwork it too much.
  5. Roll out onto a floured counter until approximately 50mm thick.
  6. Using the top of a cup or a cutter, cut the mixture into an even number of circles.
  7. Using a knife, gently carve lines all around the circles to decorate.
  8. Add a generous teaspoon of jam or nutella to the middle of half of the circles.
  9. Attach a stick onto each.
  10. Enclose the jam/nutella and stick with another circle and press around the edges to cement the two together.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes on a tray lined with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
  12. Enjoy!